The J.O.B. Squad
|The J.O.B. Squad|
The Blue Meanie
The J.O.B. Squad was a professional wrestling faction in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the late 1990s. The theme of the group was that each member was a perennial enhancement talent (otherwise known as jobbers), in which they lost to established or up-and-coming wrestlers.
The acronym J.O.B. was said to stand for "Just Over Broke", a reference to wrestlers' penchant for appearing in preliminary matches and, therefore, being on the low end of the pay scale.
The J.O.B. Squad wore shirts resembling NWO's shirts as a parody of the many nWo factions and offshoots in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The Road Dog was first seen wearing the shirt and made reference to "the squad" on the March 30, 1998 edition of Monday Night Raw, the night after WrestleMania 14 and the same night that Billy Gunn, X-Pac and he joined D-Generation.
In November 1998, Al Snow, Bob Holly and Scorpio united and formed the J.O.B. Squad. Soon after their formation, Holly and Scorpio defeated Too Much in the Squad's first match on the November 8 episode of Heat. On the November 22 episode of Raw, the J.O.B. Squad helped Mankind defeat Ken Shamrock and The Big Boss Man in a Triple Threat match. After helping Mankind, the J.O.B. Squad gained a new member in Duane Gill, who then scored an upset over Christian by winning the Light Heavyweight Championship. The Squad would score another upset later on in the night as they defeated the New Age Outlaws after interference from Shamrock, Boss Man, Mankind and other J.O.B. Squad members. Gill was later renamed Gillberg, and he began parodying the mannerisms and ring entrance style of then-WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg. On the November 29 episode of Sunday Night Heat, Gillberg faced Christian in a rematch for the Light Heavyweight Championship, but the match ended in a double disqualification after the debuting Blue Meanie, a new member of the Squad, interfered. On the following episode of Raw, Gillberg scored another upset when he defeated Marc Mero, who had to (in storyline) retire from wrestling if he lost.
On December 13 at Rock Bottom, Gillberg defeated Matt Hardy to retain the Light Heavyweight Championship on an edition of Sunday Night Heat. However, The Brood defeated Snow, Scorpio, and Holly on the pay-per-view. A month later at the Royal Rumble, Blue Meanie, Snow, and Gillberg were each eliminated from the Royal Rumble within a span of ten seconds.
In February 1999, Scorpio was released by the WWF while Gillberg was later phased out of storylines. After dwindling down to only two members, Snow wrestled against himself on an edition of Raw before Holly came down to the ring to prevent Snow from hurting himself, which led to the formal breakup of the J.O.B. Squad. Later that month at St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Bob Holly, now renamed Hardcore Holly, defeated Snow for the Hardcore Championship to permanently end the J.O.B. Squad. After making sporadic appearances throughout 1999 (including losing to Tiger Ali Singh at the UK No Mercy pay-per-view), Gillberg lost his Light Heavyweight Championship to the debuting Essa Rios on a February 2000 edition of Sunday Night Heat. Gill soon left the company afterwards.
Championships and accomplishments
- World Wrestling Federation